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There's a cool California vibe at this cozy, moodily lit sushi-and-seafood restaurant that serves some of the freshest fish in town. Restaurateur Matt Rimel runs a commercial fishing company and uses his connections to bring in seafood from all over the world that excels, whether raw or cooked. Seasonal specialties include buttery otoro (tuna belly) and local sea urchin fresh from its spiny shell. Sushi, which can be pricey, ranges from simple nigiri to beautiful sashimi plates and original rolls like the Salmon Spider, which combines soft-shell crab with fresh salmon. Cooked dishes run from noodle bowls and grass-fed Montana prime sirloin seared at the table on a hot stone, to whole fried rockfish or spicy "dynamite" lobster.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 12-03-2012

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    Zenbu Review

    We live in La Jolla, and have tried most of the Asian sushi places around town. This is one of our favorites. The prices are high - so it is best to go during "happy hour" when you can get selected items for less. We love the food and the service is always good. One thing I wish they would change is the restaurant is vertually pitch dark except for the candles on the table. I would prefer a little more light. That is why we always go at 5:00 when they first open! There is outdoor seating too.

    I also like the fact that the owner (a local) knows the best fisherman around town and always gets the best & freshest sea food. It makes a big difference in taste.

    by nanabee, 2/20/11

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